When Jesus said It is finished, what did he mean? Where did he go from that pivotal moment of earth-shattering revelation? As the story of our redemption through his blood comes to fruition, Beyond Paradise takes readers on a deeper biblical journey that explores lingering questions begging for answers. When, where, and why was Jesus Cursed? What is paradise, and what is beyond it? Author William Chandler presents his exploration through biblical events and theologies in a direct and fast-paced fashion. His focus on ease of understanding complements the simple truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Beyond Paradise is a great starting place for those who are seeking further answers to difficult questions. Readers will be encouraged to go deeper and push past a level of complacent contentment. William Chandler currently resides in Tucson, Arizona with his wife.
Volume 1: Foundations and the Formation of a Tradition. Reflections on the Hereafter in the Quran and Islamic Religious Thought / Volume 2: Continuity and Change. The Plurality of Eschatological Representations in the Islamicate World Thought (SET)
Author: Sebastian Günther
Roads to Paradise: Eschatology and Concepts of the Hereafter in Islam offers a multi-disciplinary study of Muslim thought on paradise, death, and the hereafter. It promises to become the definitive reference work on Islamic eschatology.
The Life, Teachings, and Poetry of Jalâl al-Din Rumi
Author: Franklin D. Lewis
Publisher: Oneworld Publications
Painstakingly researched by a leading expert, this new anniversary edition of the award-winning biography examines the background, the legacy, and the continuing significance of Jalâl al-Din Rumi, 800 years after he was born. Containing several new poems and an updated introduction, it will make a perfect gift for Rumi lovers everywhere. Drawing on a vast array of sources, from writings of the poet himself to the latest scholarly literature, this unique book is the definitive exploration of Rumi's life and work. In addition to offering fresh perspectives on the philosophical and spiritual context in which Rumi was writing, Lewis pays particular attention to why Rumi is the bestselling poet in the United States today. The benchmark in Rumi Studies, this landmark work contains new translations of over fifty of Rumi's poems, as well as never-before-seen prose, extensive commentaries, and a full annotated bibliography.
Passages for Meditation from the World's Saints and Sages
Author: Eknath Easwaran
Timeless Wisdom is the companion volume to Eknath Easwaran's Passage Meditation. Passage Meditation gives Easwaran's instructions in his method of meditation; Timeless Wisdom is his accompanying collection of texts that are suitable for study and meditation. In this selection from the great spiritual traditions, Eknath Easwaran brings the world's timeless wisdom within reach of the modern seeker. These passages include flashes of insight from the Hindu Upanishads, heartfelt prayers of the Christian saints, the passionate songs of the Sufis, and thoughtful teachings from the Jewish, Buddhist, and Taoist traditions. An authority on world mysticism, and outstanding translator of the Indian classics, Easwaran chooses texts that are positive, practical, and meaningful for readers today. This anthology is a compact version of Easwaran's God Makes the Rivers to Flow, with a new preface and some new texts. This is a book to read and reread, each time drawing more from the well of inspiration in its pages
Adapted from a series of lectures on the historical basis and current resurgence of the sacred feminine, given by Andrew Harvey at the California Institute of Integral Studies in Spring 1994, The Return of the Mother is a profound journey into the heart of the Divine Mother. In this comprehensive and groundbreaking work, mystical scholar Andrew Harvey unearths traces of the sacred feminine in major world religions—Hinduism, Islam (Sufism), Buddhism, Taoism, and Christianity—and in aboriginal and indigenous wisdom traditions. Harvey presents a scathing critique of the patriarchal distortions in religious history and doctrine that have obscured full knowledge of the Divine Mother, and shows how to reintegrate this vital aspect into the spiritual consciousness of humankind. The Return of the Mother offers a radical new perspective, balancing the historical overemphasis on transcendence by honoring the immanence of the divine in passionate engagement in the world. Only by cultivating a direct, respectful relationship with the transformative power of the sacred feminine can we alter our disastrous attitude of dissociation from nature, the body, sexuality, and the details of human life, and generate the energy and compassion needed to reverse the course of destruction we have set the planet—and all of life—hurtling toward. In lively question-and-answer sections, Harvey further illuminates these vital issues and takes a strong stand against our dependence on “gurus” and “masters,” proposing instead an egalitarian model of spiritual community based on intimate groups of mutually supportive guides and friends. The Return of the Mother is an eloquent and passionate call for all of us to rediscover and reclaim an authentic and empowering relationship to the divine, and recreate a sacred life-in-the-world.
A new book of verses of Rumi by an award-winning translator and poet. This selection captures Rumi in a rare mood and these are some of Rumi's most passionate and heartfelt expressions, each poem resonating with the intensity and fire rarely seen in English language before. Shiva says, "Rumi -- I am constantly reminded -- is a miracle. Everything about him is absolute magic. Poetry in perfect rhyme and meter poured out of him as he whirled for hours on end, or as he fell into various states of ecstasy and rapture. There is movement in every verse of Rumi. There is music, rhythm and breath in most of his poems in Persian."
Technology is shaping our culture and controlling our lives -- for better or for worse. Often, technology's benefits far outweigh its negative impacts, and technological advances can seem boundless. But the scientificÐtechnological worldview tends to override other value systems. Indeed, this technological way of thinking has influenced many contemporary ideas, beliefs, values, habits, and ways of communicating. Furthermore, in addition to technology's well-known environmental impacts, social, aesthetic, and spiritual consequences are now emerging. How can we balance positive physical effects of technology with other ambiguous or negative impacts? Some of the decisions we face have no precedent from which to draw wisdom. For this reason, the resources of Scripture and the Christian tradition must be brought to bear on technological questions: How is technology used and abused today? Does technological progress lead to human progress? How can Scripture help us, both individually and collectively, to manage technology's impact in proactive ways? Swearengen uncovers a comprehensive scriptural mandate for managing technology. On his way to a theology of technology, he evaluates which advances are moving society in directions consistent with God's purposes. 'Beyond Paradise: Technology and the Kingdom of God' aims to provide practical means for assessing technology's influence and for steering technology and its effects toward biblical ends.
The fifth in the series of THE SEA CAPTAIN'S DAUGHTER, set in Mobile, New Orleans, Key West and the Caribbean. A thriller of forbidden love, family scandals, tragedy and shocking revelations resulting in mystery, murder, betrayal, suspense and intrigue.
This vivid introduction to the heart of Islam offers a unique approach to understanding Allah, the central focus of Muslim religious expression. Drawing on history, culture, theology, politics, and the media, Bruce B. Lawrence identifies key religious practices by which Allah is revered and remembered, illuminating how the very name of Allah is interwoven into the everyday experience of millions of Muslims. For Muslims, as for adherents of other religions, intentions as well as practices are paramount in one's religious life. Lawrence elucidates how public utterances, together with private pursuits, reflect the emotive, sensory, and intellectual aspirations of the devout. Ranging from the practice of the tongue (speaking) to practices in cyberspace (online religious activities), Lawrence explores how Allah is invoked, defined, remembered, and also debated. While the practice of the heart demonstrates how Allah is remembered in Sufism, the mystical branch of Islam, the practice of the mind examines how theologians and philosophers have defined Allah in numerous contexts, often with conflicting aims. The practice of the ear marks the contemporary period, in which Lawrence locates and then assesses competing calls for jihad, or religious struggle, within the cacophony of an immensely diverse umma, the worldwide Muslim community.